Eighteen officers of the State Customs Service of Turkmenistan attended three day training on combating seal manipulation, the Customs Service reports on its press release.
The training, which took place at the International Customs Terminal of Ashgabat, was conducted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Global Container Control Program (GCCP) on August 20-22.
According to the press release, the training was aimed at strengthening capacity of customs officers on identification and detection of counterfeit seals in container shipments, as well as on using modern methods and customs control techniques.
Practical exercise on the terminal allowed the participants to improve their skills in identification and analysis of seals and customs documentation.
Furthermore, a meeting was held at the State Customs Service of Turkmenistan with Batyr Geldyyew, regional coordinator of the Global Container Control Program (GCCP).
The program was created in 2004 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the World Customs Organization (WCO). Turkmenistan joined the program in 2009.
Turkmenistan is located at an important intersection of transit and transport corridors. Ashgabat, along with international partners, works on developing North-South and East-West transport corridors, increasing the capabilities of the Central Asia-Persian Gulf communication network, and developing transport links in the Caspian-Black Sea region.